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Review of Empire Girls by Suzanne Hayes, Loretta Nyhan

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About Empire Girls

Ivy and Rose Adams may be sisters, but they’re nothing alike. Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one, while Ivy is spirited and brazen. After the unexpected death of their father, the women are left to reconcile the estate, when they make a shocking discovery: not only has their father left them in financial ruin, but he has also bequeathed their beloved family house to a brother they never knew existed. With only a photograph to guide the way, Ivy and Rose embark to New York City, determined to find this mysterious man and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

Once in New York, temptations abound at every turn, and soon the sisters are drawn into the glitzy underbelly of Manhattan, where they must overcome their differences and learn to trust each other if they’re going to survive in the big city and find their brother. Filled with unforgettable characters and charm, Empire Girls is a love letter to 1920s New York, and a captivating story of the unspoken bond between sisters.

My Review

Story left me disappointed. Too many characters with moody personalities with no real purpose in the plot. I quickly grew tired of the constant bickering between Rose and Ivy. YES I realize they fail to share much in common, they don’t act sisterly, these facts were drilled into my head from the beginning and never let up.

The narrative moves way too fast, seems rushed preventing the reader to let anything sink in with plausibility with the timeline crammed. The search for Asher, a joke, talk about dragged out, picked up and dropped repeatedly only to be usurped by drunkenness. Weak atmospherically, it never felt like the 20’s, the hustle and bustle of New York completely absent.

Story had potential but sadly lost its way a quarter into the story with it’s annoying sisters, pity so much could have been presented in a better fashion.

About Suzanne Hayes5778486

Pen name of Suzanne Palmieri

Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Bourbon Street, The Witch of Belladonna Bay, and The Witch of Little Italy. She is also the co-author (as Suzanne Hayes) of Empire Girls and I’ll Be Seeing You. Writer. Lost Witch. Mermaid.

5368142About Loretta Nyhan

I was a reader before I was a writer, devouring everything I could get my hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instructions booklet for building the Barbie dream house. Later, my obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, I wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction.

I’m the author of the upcoming All the Good Parts (Lake Union, 2016) and Digging In (Lake Union, 2017). Previous published novels include I’ll Be Seeing You and Empire Girls (MIRA Books).

When I’m not writing, I can be found knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things my high school self would have found hilarious.

I live in the Chicago area with my two teenage boys and one sweetheart of a husband.

Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)

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